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Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Only the greatest people in the world are able to always wake up with a smile on their faces and fire in their spirit. The rest of us, we mostly struggle with our darkest demons, no matter how early or how late we wake up. That is why there are countless alarm apps that try to wake you up in a unique, sometimes even creepy, ways. Microsoft now has one as well. But the Mimicker Alarm for Android is even more unique because you'll need to convince its AI that you really are already awake. At least before you throw the phone out in frustration.

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Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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Exploding Kittens comes to iOS and Android

Exploding Kittens comes to iOS and Android

Exploding Kittens sounds like a pretty horrible name for a game. After all, who would want to harm creatures as cute and cuddly as kittens? Well, no actual cats were harmed in the making of the popular card game. And today the game moves from physical cards, to a rather interesting app.

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Kickstarter comes to Android

Kickstarter comes to Android

There are some sites out there that don't really need their own mobile app. After all, a mobile site can be plenty effective for most places you visit. However, Kickstarter is not one of those sites. iOS users have been able to use their own special app for the site, but Android users have been left out in the cold.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

This week we're having a peek at a couple of leaks indicative of the interior details of the Samsung Galaxy S7. This device will likely be shown off for the first time during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, at which time we'll know exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table in terms of finalized specifications. Until then we're living on leaks, tips, and hints. Today we've got a bit of information about the display, some about the cameras (the backside camera, at least), and some about storage.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Althought literally dozens, if not hundreds, of smartphones come out of China every year, few ever reach international distinction, even if not internationally available, as Xiaomi's flagships. The Chinese manufacturer's fatal combination of mid to high range specs and dirt cheap prices produces devices that sell out in just minutes. Every year, Xiaomi gets closer and closer to premium specs, and the upcoming Mi 5 might not disappoint. That said, it is also getting closer and closer to premium pricing, which might turn off a few fans.

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

While this year we might see more and more manufacturers adopt "3D Touch" technology for their touchscreens, Elliptic Labs is trying to push a different way to make more expressive controls for smartphones and tablets. Almost llke a Jedi, Elliptic's ultrasonic gesture recognition system can let users wave or "force push" their way to taking selfies, playing games, or just simply navigating around the smartphone. And best of all, at least for OEMs, they won't need specialized hardware to make it all happen.

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No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

Saygus, the makers of the almost wonderful smartphone in 2009 that never came to be, is close to once again being the center of ridicule. That Iis, if it can't avoid yet another delivery fail. The Saygus V2, pronounced as "V-squared", announced early last year won't be making it early this year. Or at least not next month. The company announced over at Twitter that it's still on the road for a first quarter launch, though the reasons it gave might not spark that much confidence in the new schedule.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung is notorious for being one of if not the slowest OEM to push out Android updates, if at all, and some have taken it as a fact of life. The Netherlands' biggest consumer protection agency, however, says it shouldn't have to be and wants the country's courts to enforce that. The Dutch Consumentenbond just filed a lawsuit against the Korean OEM over its poor software update policy which it labels as unfair trade practice that leaves consumers vulnerable to security exploits and hacking attempts.

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